I've always been considered the "does not play well with others" type but could maybe consider another classroom setting...is this expensive?
Pizza Academy starts construction in 2 weeks, which will take place above Forcella ( Brooklyn). He is all about setting up an area, a formal "classroom" setting, away from the pizzeria business itself so that the main focus is learning, meaning their is no distractions from the teaching-learning process.
I couldn't agree more. While there is much to learn having the "classroom" in a pizzeria (ie, pre-opening hours), all the commotion that takes place distracts the learning process. Especially the teacher. I experienced this during my training with Roberto. It was impossible for him not to answer the incessant phone calls, computer work, and inevitable interactions with staff when he was at his work place, rather than focusing on the actual training. Roberto is a very talented pizza maker but I think the distractions that take place in a pizzeria took away the value of a (very) costly training for me.
Giulio has the right idea of designating an area separate from the business, and yet, still give the students the opportunity to experience real setting by going downstairs to the pizzeria and observing. He spoke of bringing one of his long-time colleague to assist him in teaching the class, and even mentioned of working together with Roberto, perhaps. Though he didn't go into much detail about that.
He didn't mention charges/ cost but I can ask Giulio.